As part of our ongoing series on cloud deployment – software, platform, or infrastructure solutions accessible as a service on demand at any level by end users – today we look at how IT can smooth the process and lead the way on cloud implementation and integration. Have questions about the intelligent cloud? Check out our Cloud FAQs and catch up with the other blogs in this series to get up to speed.
During the adoption of cloud solutions, IT teams play an important role in educating the rest of the organization about how to use and implement that technology. Because not everyone in a nonprofit is going to understand the technical ramifications, necessities, or benefit of moving to cloud storage.
Nonprofits have a reputation for being hesitant to adopt new, unproven methods and technology, which is why the sector is seen as slow to change. But when that change is something as vital as migrating to a true cloud solution that provides customers with a combination of all the benefits of a native cloud application as well as integration into Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, that’s where you, and the rest of the IT team, come in.
When trying to make the case for cloud solutions, and during the changeover, you and your team are going to be playing three important roles
- Strategic leaders
- Internal subject matter experts
How can you make sure you’re leading your company towards success?
Understand how cloud deployment and other technology can help futureproof your organization
Even with the intelligent cloud becoming more widespread, and the benefit of AI using prescriptive and cognitive processes to predict and adapt to changing situations within your organization – helping you better understand patterns in everything from cash flow forecasting to staff scheduling – not everyone’s going to be on the same page as your department.
At its most basic level, taking the drudgery of routine data and hardware maintenance off your hands enables your team to begin implementing more broad-reaching organizational plans so you can upgrade and streamline frontline systems that staff, clients, and your communities use. But you can do more than just that if you understand your nonprofit’s organizational priorities.
Understand organizational priorities, and look at how technology can help achieve objectives
This allows you to give targeted tech advice specific to your org’s needs in the runup to the transition. Then during, it allows you to ensure that plan how the integrated AI you’re looking to apply to your system can best benefit your goals in every department, and how those departments can better interact with each other using that predictive, cohesive technology. And after, you’ll be free to update or help set out new long-term plans for operational goals, so your organization can use what every department needs at every stage.
Build internal and external relationships so you’re recognized as more than just the tech troubleshooter
Not all of the weight of cloud migration and its ramifications to non-tech-savvy execs should rest on your shoulders. However, as the main internal expert, you’ll be called upon to be a bridge between individuals at different levels of technological understanding.
Take a leadership role where you talk execs through where you fit in the process and how best to use your team to accomplish the transition.
Describe the benefits of the change to non-technical execs in terms that help them understand how utilizing the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge makes your nonprofit a more agile organization, and enables you to stay up to date with big tech changes to take advantage of cost savings and diminish risk (both financial and data-driven). All while ensuring maximum security, flexibility, and ROI without ever sacrificing data access or ease of use.
And while you’ll be on the forefront of your org’s reinvention through the intelligent cloud, you don’t have to go it alone. You’re in the unique position of being able to suggest effective transition partners your org should work with. Partners who can speak to what the org needs as a non-profit and who understand what you need in operational and tech terms.
Cloud solutions are there to help your org achieve its long-term goals. So pick a partner who understands you and your needs, at organizational and IT levels. Let Sparkrock help you bridge that gap.
Sparkrock 365 is an all-in-one ERP solution that is native to the cloud and accessible from all devices. Our expert consultants understand both the business processes and the technology to help you guide your organization into the future. Watch the video below and watch our Cloud Digital Transformation with Sparkrock 365 webinar.